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Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles


Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles

Tribute band Rain brings back sounds of the Beatles

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The hits will keep happening when a tribute band for the Beatles takes the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in the Carlsen Center's Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College.

Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles is a Broadway smash that takes audiences on a musical journey through the life and times of the world's most celebrated band. In its repertoire are long-time classics such as I Want to Hold your Hand, Hard Day's Night and Let It Be.

Tickets, which are $60 and $45, are available through the college box office at 913-469-4445 or online at

Mark Lewis, the founder, manager and original keyboardist of the group, transformed Rain from a 1970s southern California bar band doing Beatles covers into an ultra-professional group. He recruited the musicians who eventually got into Rain's long-standing lineup.

Like millions of others, Lewis first saw the Beatles on their first performance of the Ed Sullivan show Feb. 9, 1964. He was 12 at the time, he says, but he was very much into music and remembers "being totally blown away" by the Beatles' performance.

The performance at JCCC takes place almost 50 years to the day of the Beatles’ Ed Sullivan Show debut. This appearance is considered by many to have been the start of the ‘British Invasion,’ which changed the landscape of American popular music forever.

Rain has evolved over the years. Originally called Reign, the band gained national fame, changed its name to Rain and cut the soundtrack to the made-for-TV movie Birth of the Beatles (thanks to Dick Clark). Lewis worked out all of the musical parts and sounds that enabled Rain to bring many songs that The Beatles themselves never performed live to life.